Little River Multiculutral Community Garden
The Little River Multicultural Center (supported by 38 Black churches) is home to their Brotherhood's 2.5 acre community garden, now finishing its 7th season. The garden is run by a dedicated group of 10-15 regular retired volunteers who have expanded and refined their garden over time. One of the garden leaders is a former Clemson Extension specialist who provides technical support. They have developed a strong following among seniors and eventually set up a Tuesday morning farmers market on site. The market offers order forms and delivery to folks without transportation. This market provides operating funds for the coming year. Gardeners take produce home to distribute among family, neighbors and church members; all that is left over is delivered to the local food bank where they are averaging 2000 pounds/season. The Center hosts an annual youth summer camp, and the kids are involved in gardening as part of their curriculum. Several of the volunteers also run family farms, so they haul a tractor up to the Center for major tillage operations, but they need a tiller on-site for incidental small jobs. Over the past year they raised enough to install a secure shed for tool storage, and they will really appreciate a tiller as an important addition to a successful future.
As their grant writer, friend, and partner, my favorite thing is that any time the fellows are at work in the field, you can hear them talking and laughiing as they move along the rows. Indeed, besides their pride in helping others, they often reflect that the fellowship they enjoy is the best gift of all.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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